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Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 4.5 percent in March—the lowest point since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s February unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. A year ago, in March 2015, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

Non-Partisan candidates for the local vote in the upcoming Oregon Primary election will gather for a community forum at Warrenton High School this Thursday evening.  The event, sponsored by the North Coast Republican Women will be held in the school cafeteria beginning at 6:30 pm. The format allows for the public to ask written questions of the candidates who are running for Clatsop County Commission and 18th Circuit Court Judge replacing retiring judge Philip Nelson who has occupied the seat since he was first elected in 1992.

Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins released new tools for Oregon voters today that will help them check and update their voter registration status or register to vote for the upcomingMay 17th Primary Election. The web portal, www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote provides a “one-stop” online hub for information about voting options for the May Primary. Oregonians have until April 26th to register to vote or change their voter registration status to participate in any closed primary election.

Spring Chinook fishing on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam will close one day earlier than anticipated under rules adopted today by the states of Oregon and Washington.  Higher than expected effort and catch rates since late March led fishery managers from the two states to close the popular salmon fishery in the lower section of the river, effective Friday, April 8 at 11:59 p.m. They also closed the river below Bonneville to steelhead and shad fishing to protect migrating salmon.

Authorities continue to search Youngs River for Charlie Kelly or some know him as Charlie Henkel. The Sheriff’s Office continued search operations this morning with Their Dive Team and Marine Division. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team also responded with a vessel, divers and specialty equipment to assist in the search efforts.

The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Youngs River downriver from the confluence of the Klaskanine River yesterday for a boat circling in the river without an operator. The reporting person advised that he spoke to the operator and then returned a minute later to discover the boat circling in the river at full throttle and no operator on board. Deputies responded by boat and by land arriving approximately 10 minutes later. An initial search was made of the river and shoreline. Search efforts were assisted by the Lewis and Clark Fire Department. The United States Coast Guard responded with one helicopter to search by the air. Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and additional Marine resources responded to conduct further search operations.

 

City engineering asked council permission to apply for a $20,000 grant to perform a study of the main water transmission line from the city watershed to Astoria. It’s a concrete line that stretches about 12 miles and sections of that pipeline run through several landslide areas. The thought is to increase resiliency in case of a major disaster which would dictate running a new line from the watershed and engineering it to withstand quakes and land slides making repairs following a major event quicker. The council approved the request to apply for the grant.

Oregon Army National Guard Col. William Edwards, of Albany, Oregon, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony, April 2, at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Oregon. He assumed command of the Oregon Army National Guard (Land Component) from Brig. Gen. Todd A. Plimpton in a change of command ceremony, April 3, at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon.

 Saturday night at approximately 11:42 PM Depoe Bay Fire District responded to a report of a structure fire on Alderwood Street in Gleneden Beach. Multiple 911 callers reported a fully involved home two story home, with additional smoke and flames coming from a neighboring house. Callers also stated there were people trapped on the second story deck.

Depoe Bay Firefighters responded and the first fire engine on scene reported a fully involved two story house, a second home on fire, a power line down in the middle of the street and a person down with CPR in progress.

The Coast Guard rescued a 41-year-old man who suffered a severe leg injury while on the north jetty of Grays Harbor, Washington.

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man and brought him to the Bowerman airport on Sunday. He was taken to Seattle for medical care.

The initial report came in to Grays Harbor station via 911 dispatch. The station personnel relayed the report to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River who directed the launch of the helicopter crew.

Chief Petty Officer Justin Urbano says the severity of the man's injuries made it critical to get him medical attention quickly.

The man was not immediately identified.

Elected people in Clatsop County tend to go to numerous meetings during their course of office but there has never been a meeting like the one held Thursday night at McMenamins Sandtrap in Gearhart.

Seated around the table were Mayors, Councilors and Commissioners from every incorporated city in the county called together by County Commission Chairman Scott Lee for a work session. That work session dealt with some of the biggest issues faced by the region along with a few that the cities brought to the table that failed to gain any traction.

A comprehensive master plan for Astoria Parks and Recreation has been underway since the Fall of 2015 when the department gave it a top priority to meet a city council goal. Each step of the process has included opportunity for public participation. Now a first draft is up for public discussion at three different presentations in April.

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